Houston’s ABC News affiliate reports:
Outbursts and questions about racism along with claims of voter suppression filled the Texas House chamber Thursday as lawmakers debated the controversial election integrity bill. While debating SB-1, the word “racism” came into play.
That sparked a reaction by House Speaker Dade Phelan who told lawmakers the word was banned from the chamber. “We can talk about racial impacts with this legislation without accusing members of this body of being racist,” Phelan said.
However, that decision didn’t sit well with Democrats. Some claim SB-1 is suppressive and greatly impacts minorities. They also claim the entire bill is racist. They said the word “racist” was targeted at the bill, and not the individual Republicans in the room.
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“We can talk about racial impacts with this legislation without accusing members of this body of being racist,” said Texas House speaker Dade Phelan. https://t.co/tX7PKk5dV0
— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) August 27, 2021
Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan says “the Chair would appreciate members not using the word ‘racism’” while debating election bill. pic.twitter.com/gEupd4Cpoo
— The Recount (@therecount) August 26, 2021